What’s the fate of ‘common man’ if my husband could spend months outside Nigeria receiving treatment – Aisha Buhari

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The Wife of Nigeria’s President, Aisha Buhari, on Monday decried the poor state of healthcare delivery in Nigeria and the fate of “common man”.

She expressed the views at the stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, New Born, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH and N) in Abuja.
The event was also used to inaugurate the Governors Wives Advocacy Group (GWAG) on reproductive health in the country.
“I would like to be realistic to say a few words concerning health delivery system in Nigeria. It is very poor, sorry to say that.
“I am happy that the MD of Aso Clinic is here. Dr Manir, I am happy that you are here.
“As you are aware for the past six months Nigeria was not stable because of my husband’s ill health.
“We thank God that he has fully recovered now.
She recalled the recent trips made by her husband, President Buhari, to London for medical treatment, wondering what would happen to Nigerians who could not afford to travel abroad.
“If somebody like Mr President can spend several months outside Nigeria, you wonder what will happen to a common man on the street in Nigeria.
“Few weeks ago I was sick as well; they advised me to take a first flight to London; I refused to go.
“I said I must be treated in Nigeria because there is a budget for an assigned clinic to take care of us.
“If the budget was N100 million, we need to know the way the budget is spent.
“And along the line I insisted; they called Aso clinic to find out if their X-ray machine was working, they said it was not working; they didn’t know that I was the person that was to be at that hospital at that very time.
“I had to go to a hospital that was established by foreigners in and out 100 per cent.
“What does that mean?’’
“I think it is high time for us to do the right thing.’’
“Yes of course we have (policies) but implementation is always the problem.
“So we need to change our mindset and do the right thing.’’
She said that a lot of constructions were on-going at Aso Clinic when the hospital lacked basic medical equipment and tools.
“There are lots of constructions going on in that hospital but there is no single syringe there; what does that mean? Who will use the building?
“So we have to be good in reasoning; you are building and there is no equipment, no consumables in that hospital and the constructions are still going on.
She expressed that as a result of the president’s absence on medical vacation, “a 40-year-old man who is still living in his father’s house created a state out of a state and that is a major setback to the country.
“I hope that such a thing will not be repeated,’’ she stated.


  1. This is a situation affecting not only Nigeria but Africa as a continent.Building and efficiently managing a hospital is not an easy task and when done in a developing country like Nigeria where corruption is rampant it makes it a mission impossible. If you do not have a strong minded group of people who will handle the health project unfortunately it will not work. But Nigeria should work on it and do it as soon as possibld. India is making 7 billion dollars every year only from Nigeria health tourist. 7 billion. . . I repeat 7 billion. And they do not receive the same quality of treatment that a person would receive at a public hospital in Europe. In that revenue the travelling costs, documentation costs and accomodation costs are not included. wouldn't it be nice if that revenue could be kept in the continent? Africa rise up. We must invest wisely.

    • Your first paragraph gave you away as a proper Nigerian with failure mentality!

      How would you say to build and manage hospitals is a difficult task, when individuals own functional hospitals in same country.

  2. Mrs Buhari for President.

    The problem is, there are no accountabilities. For the wrongs, Heads ought to be rolling from top down. PERIOD.

  3. Your Excellency, it saddened the heart to hear these erroneous info that as rich as Federal Republic of NIGERIA is in falsified grooming of well read Medical Practitioners

    The current situation of Baba Buhari, your husband the incumbent 15Th President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces needs urgent total recoveries How MA?

    What happened to him, had researched into it and no Medical Doctor all over the whole UNIVERSE couldn't cure if not added to his predicament

    In the passage of Albert Einstein he once said and I quote:

    "No problems could BE solved with the same consciousness that created them."

    You might endeavour to text my gifts too if needs BE because from birthed I was being born out of the womb as a Nazarite of GOD which made me GOD'S children

    With humility and honour, it's not by coercion but you might try us if I set eyes on Baba Buhari in couples of hours, that kidney would BE replaced said GOD ALMIGHTY who created everyone of us with Mark 2:17

    "If you believed GOD ALMIGHTY WORLD WINDOW SEVEN OF GLOBAL CHANGE had done it,HE could."-WINDOW 7

    Your problem is mine too.

    May ALMIGHTY GOD visits him wherever he's right now through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour Amen BOOK JOHN 3:27,31-34-36

    Peace BE with you all.

  4. Aisha is better as SSA to the president than wife of the president, I salute her courage!!!

    Aisha Buhari for President!!!

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